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 English Proverbs and Sayings  


Alphabetical lists of commonly-used proverbs and sayings in English.


 List R :  "revenge is sweet"  →  "a rotten apple.."   



Proverbs and sayings are short statements of wisdom or advice that are transmitted from generation to generation and have passed into general use.


  • Revenge is sweet.
    • There is satisfaction in returning an injury.

  • (A) rising tide lifts all boats.
    • A growing economy will lead to beneficial conditions for all.

  • (The) road to hell is paved with good intentions.
    • It is not enough to intend to do something, you must actually do it.

  • (A) rolling stone gathers no moss
    • If a person keeps moving from place to place, they gain neither friends nor possessions.
      Another interpretation is that, by moving often, one avoids being tied down!

  • Rome was not built in a day.
    • It takes time to a job properly. You should not expect to do it quickly.

  • (A) rotten apple spoils the barrel.
    • A dishonest or immoral person can have a bad influence on a group.

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